Once a mother experiences an unusual feeling in her vagina after her water breaks, she must seek medical help at once and have her baby checked. Doctors would start to check the baby’s pulse and perform a pelvic exam on the mother. By doing these, the doctor will have the opportunity to remove pressure from the birth cord.
If the umbilical cord appears to be pinched, the mother will have to undergo surgical birth.
Single umbilical artery
From the name itself, this condition happens when the number of arteries are incomplete. The probability of this condition is 5 in 100 multiple pregnancies and 1 in 100 singleton pregnancies (when the mother only gives birth to one baby).
The cause of only having one umbilical artery is unknown. But if babies have this condition, they may experience more health problems in the future. Some of the health problems that these babies may encounter affect the heart, kidney, digestion, and kidney.
It is a rare condition where blood vessels in the umbilical cord cross the narrow end of the uterus called the cervix. The umbilical cord does not protect the three blood vessels so there is a tendency to tear during labor. This condition rarely occurs at birth.
A nuchal cord is when an umbilical cord gets wrapped around a baby’s neck. The nuchal cord can be seen via ultrasound and doctors can loosen it and remove it from the baby’s neck during labor and birth. Babies who are born may have issues regarding their heart rates. But usually, the babies are born healthy.
Umbilical cord knots
This happens in the early stages of pregnancy where the umbilical cord gets knotted inside the womb due to the baby moving around inside the womb. This occurrence is most prevalent when umbilical cords are long and when pregnancies involve having identical twins. This is because twins share only one amniotic sac, so the possibility of entanglement is higher.